Chair of Africa Regional Network

CEO of Green Building Council of South Africa
Chair of Africa Regional Network


Dorah Modise (nee Nteo) is Chair of WorldGBC's Africa Regional Network. She is the CEO and an Executive Director of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

She is a sustainability specialist with over 16 years’ experience in the field. She previously served as a Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she was responsible for developing and implementing the City Green programme, and ensuring that the City becomes the greenest, most sustainable city in Africa.

Until December 2012, Modise was a Chief Policy Advisor for Sustainable Development within the South African Government Department of Environmental Affairs where she led the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, South Africa’s engagements in global sustainable development negotiations, the environment sector green economy response including the establishment and management of the national green fund. Modise also led the National Environmental Outlook Reporting Processes and the Generation of Environmental Statistics.

Modise holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS); A Master of Arts Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Sussex, UK; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and a National Diploma & B-Tech Degree in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology.

She is currently a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Government Advisory Group, the SA Network of the United Nations Global Compact, the GIBS Sustainable Development Advisory Panel and a Non-Executive Director of the Council for Geosciences Board.